01 MAR 2016 by ideonexus

 Donald Trump's Candidacy is the Natural Outcome of Cognit...

Let’s be clear: Trump is no fluke. Nor is he hijacking the Republican Party or the conservative movement, if there is such a thing. He is, rather, the party’s creation, its Frankenstein monster, brought to life by the party, fed by the party and now made strong enough to destroy its maker. Was it not the party’s wild obstructionism — the repeated threats to shut down the government over policy and legislative disagreements; the persistent call for nullification of Supreme Court decisi...
Folksonomies: rhetoric cognitive bias
Folksonomies: rhetoric cognitive bias
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03 MAR 2014 by ideonexus

 Postmodernism is the Buddhist "Beginner's Mind"

Ancient Taoist and Zen masters wrote about something called, "beginner's mind," or translated, the Japanese word shosin. In contemporary counseling the revolution taking place is finally catching onto their ancient message. Until around the 1990's a therapist was considered expert, authority, and guide until diverse voices challenged that position, including feminist thought, multiculturalism, person-centered thought, and an emerging preventive and wellness paradigm in healthcare. These chall...
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It's a philosophy that pushes people to see things as if they were new.

24 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Example of How Language Affects Thought

Another way of describing the revolution in physics is to say that the key moves and acts, physicists do not care; 'matter' to them means 'to matter'. moves and acts, physicists do not care; 'matter' to them means 'to matter', to make a difference. But our language is still geared to express 'states of being', rather than processes. In this connection, also, the German language helps to explain German philosophy. The Germans have been especially prone to hypostatize their abstractions, identi...
Folksonomies: language process
Folksonomies: language process
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Our language is focused on describing states of being rather than processes.

02 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 China Must Reject "Great Power Chauvinism"

Things develop ceaselessly. It is only forty-five years since the Revolution of 19II, but the face of China has completely changed. In another forty-five years, that is, in the year 2001, or the beginning of the 21st century, China will have undergone an even greater change. She will have become a powerful socialist industrial country. And that is as it should be. China is a land with an area of 9,600,000 square kilometres and a population of 600 million people, and she ought to have made a g...
Folksonomies: communism government power
Folksonomies: communism government power
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Cautionary words from Mao.

07 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Reason Requires Experimentation

Reason must approach nature with the view, indeed, of receiving information from it, not, however, in the character of a pupil, who listens to all that his master chooses to tell him, but in that of a judge, who compels the witnesses to reply to those questions which he himself thinks fit to propose. To this single idea must the revolution be ascribed, by which, after groping in the dark for so many centuries, natural science was at length conducted into the path of certain progress.
Folksonomies: experimentation reason
Folksonomies: experimentation reason
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The observer must be actively engaged with nature, interrogating it, rather than playing the passive pupil.

31 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Beauty of Newton's Hypothesis

Newton supposed that the case of the planet was similar to that of [a ball spun around on the end of an elastic string]; that it was always pulled in the direction of the sun, and that this attraction or pulling of the sun produced the revolution of the planet, in the same way that the traction or pulling of the elastic string produces the revolution of the ball. What there is between the sun and the planet that makes each of them pull the other, Newton did not know; nobody knows to this day;...
Folksonomies: gravity hypothesis
Folksonomies: gravity hypothesis
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Is that it worked, produced measurable results and predictions, and it didn't matter that what gravity is remained a mystery.

28 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Birth of the Modern

The so-called 'scientific revolution', popularly associated with the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but reaching back in an unmistakably continuous line to a period much earlier still. Since that revolution overturned the authority in science not only of the middle ages but of the ancient world—since it ended not only in the eclipse of scholastic philosophy but in the destruction of Aristotelian physics—it outshines everything since the rise of Christianity and reduces the Renaissan...
Folksonomies: enlightenment modernism
Folksonomies: enlightenment modernism
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Aside from the Enlightenment, all other periods of European history are worthless in understanding how we got to the modern era.

09 FEB 2011 by ideonexus

 1984 Apple's Macintosh Commercial

TODO: Make this Link an Embedded Video
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An old Macintosh commercial, where Apple is the revolution against the conformity of PC's at the time.